The Healthy Life Is A Good Life

The Healthy Life Is A Good Life

Your health should be a priority.

Recently I have noticed so many people prioritizing loving your body the way it is and focusing on not comparing yourself to others. This is fantastic. No one should feel inferior because of their physical appearance.

However, there is a difference in doing this and ignoring health completely. Being healthy and loving the body you have does not mean eating whatever you want, whenever you want, in whatever quantity you want, while not exercising. It means having a balanced diet, focusing on being healthy but letting yourself cheat every now and then. Life is too short to not have brownies, ice cream, french fries, mac & cheese, etc. In addition to the way you eat, exercising is extremely important. I do not mean going to the gym until you have a thigh gap or running miles on miles every day... I just mean doing something active at around three or four days a week. Getting your heart rate up is important for your health. You can run, jog, walk, speed walk, elliptical, bike, swim, lift, kickbox, do yoga, etc. In order to lead a healthy and long life, you have to get active.

What I think is important for having good body image is working out so YOU feel good. Not about how you look. It can be about how you look if you are looking to gain muscle and tone. It should NOT be about working towards being as skinny as you can be. If you are eating mainly healthy and exercising a few times a week, you are doing amazing! Do not worry if some people do the same as you and look different than you. Focus on yourself. Worry about yourself. Everyone is different.

Leading a healthy lifestyle can make you happier and will lead to a longer life. So go for a hike with your friends and see some amazing views, ride your bike tomorrow morning and see the sights, go for a jog and feel proud of yourself, feel like a badass while kickboxing, or hit the gym and post an Instagram or Snapchat story to show off! Whatever you do, do it well, with passion, and be motivated by a fit and healthy lifestyle.

Happy health hunting!

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5 People You Didn't Know Went to Cal Poly Pomona

Bronco Alumni who made it BIG

1. Jim Zorn

Jim Zorn first went to Cerritos College and transferred to CPP where he played football for 2 seasons. While he was attending CPP, he set 44 school records and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997. Since then he has played with the Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After his retirement, he moved onto coaching in the NFL where he has been for 16 seasons. He is currently a quarterback coach for the Kansas City Chiefs.

2. Forest Whittaker

Whittaker attended Cal Poly Pomona on a football scholarship (yes, we had a football team), but an injury left him unable to play. He changed his major to music where he was a part of the Cal Poly Chamber Singers. He ended up transferring to University of Southern California to finish up his degree, but got his start at CPP. He is now a famous actor who stared in Platoon, Bird, The Shield, The Color Money, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, and many more productions. He was also the 4th African American male to win Best Actor at the Academy Awards.

3. Hilda Solis

Solis was accepted into the Equal Opportunity Program at Cal Poly Pomona and graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. While getting her Master of Public Administration at USC, she worked for the Carter and Reagan administration. Under the Obama administration, Solis became the first Latina to serve in the US Cabinet. Currently she serves on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

4. Kevin Lyman

Lyman became well known by creating Vans Warped Tour, but before this he graduated Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in Recreation Administration in 1984. He discovered his love of music while in college and worked with on campus bands to find places to play. He took his love to the LA music scene which led to the creation of Vans Warped Tour, Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, and Down From the Mountain Tour.

5. Michael Steger

Steger graduated CPP with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a minor in Spanish. After graduating with honors, he went on to appear in NCIS, Criminal Minds, Covert Affairs, True Blood, and several Disney Channel productions. He is best known for his role as Navid Shirazi on 90210.

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Bowling In High School Taught Me It's Always Good To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone

You never know what good might come out of trying something new.

Throughout high school, I did the sport of fencing, and I loved it. I traveled the country competing, made incredible relationships with my teammates and coaches and learned valuable life skills like hard work and determination.

But, I fenced at a club outside of my school, meaning that I never did any school sports. I never got that high school team sports experience that I craved — until I joined the bowling team my senior year.

One day, my best friend told me that the bowling team was holding its first practice after school and that we should check it out. At first, I didn’t want to go because I didn’t know anyone on the team, I wasn’t that good at bowling and I thought joining would be weird because bowling isn’t the most popular sport.

We decided to go, along with some other girls from our grade. That ended up being one of the best decisions I’ve made.

Our team was composed of kids from all grades, and I wasn’t great friends with a lot of them at the start. But, as the season went on, everyone quickly became really close friends. I made friends with people that I wouldn’t have had the chance to get to know otherwise, all thanks to stepping out of my comfort zone.

After practicing two to three times a week for three hours each, on top of two tournaments each week, we all bonded and made some funny memories together. Plus, I actually got pretty decent at bowling, which I had barely done before.

I’m so thankful for all the new friendships I’ve made through bowling. I’ll always remember our car rides to the lanes singing loudly with the windows down, our funny rituals before a tournament and our team dinners after almost every practice or game. Although we weren’t the most skilled team out there, other coaches would always compliment our enthusiasm and sportsmanship. We tried our hardest and had fun while doing it.

We were definitely the goofiest team in our league. We had old vintage uniforms, unique from all the other teams. We assigned each member a funny bowling nickname and would yell catchphrases before each person bowled.

For example, my friend’s nickname was “The Hurricane,” and we would shout sayings like “A storm’s a-coming!” or “It’s getting windy!” right before she would go. We thought we were hilarious.

Learning from this experience, my advice to anyone out there is to try something new. You never know what good might come out of it. Bowling in high school taught me that giving new things a shot, no matter how unconventional they might seem, can actually turn into a positive experience in your life.

All through bowling, I not only learned to bowl better, but I had a great season of making new memories with new friends that I never would have made without stepping out of my comfort zone.

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